“Shut UP!” He Explained: A Writer’s Guide to the Uses and Misuses of Dialogueby William Noble
A more recent novelist, Stephen King, wrote, “When dialogue is right, we know. When it’s wrong we also know—it jags on the ear like a badly tuned
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Dialogue must contribute to the telling of the story said Victorian-era novelist Anthony Trollope more than one hundred years ago and his words have been a yardstick for writers ever since.
A more recent novelist, Stephen King, wrote, “When dialogue is right, we know. When it’s wrong we also know—it jags on the ear like a badly tuned musical instrument.”
In “Shut Up!” He Explained (the title comes from a Ring Lardner poke at the way some people overwrite), William Noble shows you how to write dialogue that sounds right and contributes.
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With liberal use of anecdotes and examples, Noble develops six “Master Keys to Dialogue,” each of which is crucial for the fiction or nonfiction writer to understand and use.
You’ll learn how to use dialogue to:
• create tension
• develop your characters
• establish setting
• move the plot
• create flashbacks and transitions
You’ll also learn when to use narrative instead of dialogue; how to write in dialect; and how to deal with interior monologue (your character’s thoughts). And more!
An important section of “Shut Up!” He Explained covers the misuse of dialogue from the legal viewpoint, exploring libel and right-to-privacy.
Get a copy of “Shut Up! He Explained” an make your writing scintillate with captivating dialogue.
Meet the Author
In all, William Noble has authored or co-authored more than 20 nonfiction books, including five with his late wife June Noble, and five with his wife, Angela Whitehill.
He’s written about stepfamily relationships, the need for inner privacy, psychiatry’s alarming power over our lives, the art of writing, the art of classical ballet, censorship, the Watergate affair and life in the Aztec Empire. Many were chosen as book club selections by Book-of-the Month Club, Writers Digest Book Club and/or Dance Book Club.
His short work, both nonfiction and fiction, has appeared in more than one hundred magazines and newspapers with an occasional anthology thrown in. A representative list includes: Yankee Magazine, Pointe Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Salon.com,Adirondack Life Magazine, Writer’s Digest Magazine, Baltimore Sun, Garden State Golf Magazine, Northeast Golf Magazine, World War II Magazine, Vermont Ski News.
For eight years (2000-2008) he was Contributing Editor for the six regional golf magazines of Divot Communications, and in 2008 he was Editor-in-Chief of New York Golf Magazine, Garden State Golf Magazine and Pennsylvania Golf Magazine.
Since 1985, Noble has been teaching Creative Writing at Community College of Vermont, both on the ground and online. In 2002, he began teaching Creative Writing, as an adjunct, at Georgian Court University, Lakewood, N.J. and that continues. From 1991-2001, he was a Vermont Humanities Scholar with the Vermont Council on the Humanities, and from 1993-1998, he was adjunct faculty in the external degree program at Johnson State College, Johnson, VT.
Noble has appeared as lecturer and workshop presenter at numerous writer’s conferences and festivals from coast to coast. A representative list includes: Mark Twain Memorial (Hartford, CT), Wilmington College (OH), Breadloaf Writer’s Conference (VT), State of Maine Writer’s Conference, Imagination Writer’s Conference (OH), The William Saroyan Writer’s Conference (CA), Las Vegas Writer’s Conference (NV), College of New Jersey Writer’s Conference.
And in connection with his books he has appeared on more than 40 television shows, including the Today! Show.
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